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WASTELAND #57 goes on sale this week.

‘Ash & Debris’ continues the book’s final story arc with a major episode, as the Big Wet draws ever closer:

THE END OF THE WORLD AS WE KNOW IT! A hundred years ago, the Big Wet destroyed civilization. Now, at last, the truth can be revealed, as an ancient power awakes to remind mankind of its weakness… and to take back the Children!

Regular readers may also have noticed that there was no new song for the WASTELAND Official Soundtrack at the start of this story arc. My fault entirely; my workload was a bit crazy, and I was focusing on scripting the very final issues of the series.

But with issue #60 now finished, I’ve taken some time to record the penultimate song, and “Time is Short” will be available from TheBigWet.com on Wednesday. EDIT: It’s now available.

(Yes, penultimate. There’ll be one more track to close out the series, working title “Fire”, and it’ll be available when we publish issue #60 early next year. We’ll then compile everything into a proper CD-like download.)

As for WASTELAND #57, you can read a preview at Comic Book Resources, and it’ll be available from comic stores with the order code JUL141346. Digital readers can find it at Comixology.

 

THE FUSE Vol 1: The Russia Shift goes on sale this week, collecting the first case for our sci-fi detectives in a single 160pp volume for just $9.99:

“Hits fast and hard, with unapologetic wit and a no-nonsense attitude” — Bloody Disgusting

“Space cops investigating space murders is the sort of synopsis that gets my attention.” — Wired

“A crime procedural in space with fantastic characters… Antony Johnston has kind of popped to the top of my list of favorite creators.” — Fantastic Fangirls

To celebrate, we’re also RELEASING ISSUE #1 FOR FREE on digital, both at Image’s store and on Comixology. So if you haven’t read THE FUSE yet, you can try it out for free and see if sci-fi cops solving murder mysteries is your kind of thing.

If it turns out it is your kind of thing, you can order your copy of THE FUSE Vol 1 from comic stores with the order code JUN140504, or from bookstores with the ISBN 978-1632150080.

(If it isn’t your kind of thing, what the hell is wrong with you?)

• Finally, if you’re going to be in south-east England this weekend, remember that I’ll be SIGNING LIMITED EXCLUSIVE BOOKPLATE EDITIONS of both THE FUSE and UMBRAL at London’s Forbidden Planet Megastore on Saturday. Click that link for a peek at the bookplates, and more details on the signing times. Hope to see you there!

 

Isue #8 of UMBRAL goes on sale this week, with the enigmatic title ‘What Whispers in a Wode’:

What indeed! But don’t worry, you’ll find out soon enough — after some sword-fighting, horse-stealing, spooky-forest-riding, soldier-tracking, nightmare-enduring, and corpse-finding, of course!

Also: a teensy bit of Mistwalker. See how nice we are to you?

This latest chapter continues Book Two, ‘The Dark Path’, as Rascal and her band of unlikely companions enter the Bulaswode — a strange, fog-filled forest where shining yellow eyes watch from within the mists…

UMBRAL #8 is available from all good comics stores with the order code JUN140585, or you can buy it digitally from Comixology and Image Comics.

You can also read a six-page preview on tumblr.

 

Issue #6 of THE FUSE goes on sale this week, bringing our first story arc, ‘The Russia Shift’, to its conclusion:

THEIR FIRST CASE — SOLVED! Klem’s got it all figured out. But will she live to tell anyone? Can Ralph get to her in time? Who’s gonna get shot? And can someone, anyone, please explain why it’s called the ‘Russia shift’? Well, if you insist…

This is where all the clues get put together, the truth is finally revealed, and Klem and Ralph get to close their first case.

You can read a preview of the issue on Tumblr (there’s a preview on the usual sites, too, but the tumblr one is longer). The order code for this issue is MAY140705.

Then, in a month’s time, THE FUSE Vol 1: The Russia Shift will go on sale. As you’ve doubtless figured out, this collects the first story arc in one handy-dandy volume, for the princely sum of just $9.99. (The way the exchange rate is going at the moment, I think that comes to about 50p.)

The comic store order code for Vol 1 is JUN140504, and the ISBN for bookstores is 978-1632150080.

• I’ll also be appearing at Forbidden Planet London on Saturday Aug 30 to sign copies of THE FUSE VOl 1 — and we’ll have some exclusive giveaways for readers (including UMBRAL readers, too). I’ll post more about that closer to the time.

Finally, in November THE FUSE will return with issue #7, and a brand new case; Gridlock!

‘Gridlocking’ is an illegal sport where racers speed across the Fuse’s vast solar arrays on magnetic bikes; and when the sport’s top racer turns up dead, Klem and Ralph find themselves drawn into a surprisingly murky world of speed, egos, and drugs…

Issue #7 is on sale November 5, and in addition to the fantastic regular cover from Justin that you see here, we’ll also have a special variant from the brush of the amazing Jenny Frison, of REVIVAL fame! We’re very excited about that, and we hope you will be, too. More soon.

 

UMBRAL #7, ‘Killing the Sunrise’, goes on sale this week.

Chapter seven kicks off Book Two, ‘The Dark Path’, as Rascal, Dalone, Shayim, and Munty seek safety at a farm far outside Strakhelm. From the solicit text:

Rascal has escaped the Umbral in the city (uh, spoilers?) and now she heads for the mountainous Sunrise homestead.

But even here not everyone is who they seem, and before the dawn a blade will flash in the dark…

It also features a new map, if you’re into that sort of thing. We most certainly are.

UMBRAL #7 is available from all good comics stores with the order code MAY140740, or you can buy it digitally from Comixology and Image Comics. Finally, there’s a preview (including that map!) at Comic Book Resources.

 

WASTELAND #56 goes on sale this week.

‘The Cry of Mankind’ continues the book’s final story arc, as the countdown to the Big Wet continues, and the scream of a hundred children is heard around the world:

As the last-ever WASTELAND story arc continues, Michael, Abi, and Thomas learn more about the past, their father… and even the inhuman truth about Sand-Eaters! The world speeds toward disaster, and an ancient power is awakened!

You can read a preview of the issue at Comic Book Resources.

WASTELAND #56 is available from all good comic stores, with the order code MAY141503. As always, digital readers can find it at Comixology.

 

ACID BURNS, The short story I wrote for STARCRAFT II, is to be collected in a new anthology.

STARCRAFT II: WAR STORIES will collect all the SC2 ‘lore’ that ties in to the hugely popular Project Blackstone transmedia experiment.

I actually didn’t know anything about the transmedia stuff while I was writing the story; barely anyone did, as Blizzard kept it very close to their chests. But my editor there also led the Blackstone project, and liked the protagonist of ACID BURNS, Major Lee Treicher, enough to give her a recurring role in Project Blackstone itself. I presume her other appearances in the Blackstone lore will be included here, too.

STARCRAFT II: WAR STORIES goes on sale July 21, published by Simon & Schuster, with an ISBN of 9781416550914.

In the meantime, you can still read ACID BURNS for free online at the StarCraft II website.

 

THE FUSE #5 goes on sale this week, as ‘The Russia Shift’ races toward its conclusion:

Two hobos murdered in cold blood. Homeless living in maintenance ducts. A high-flying mayor with a scandalous secret. Unreliable witnesses, lying suspects, and nothing but the cold vacuum of space outside. All in a day’s work for MCPD Homicide… 22,000 miles straight up. Welcome to the Fuse.

This is the penultimate issue of this story arc, and Klem & Ralph’s first case together; next issue concludes this case, and in #7 we’ll begin a new one, called ‘Gridlock’.

You can read a preview of THE FUSE #5 on Tumblr, and the order code is APR140570.

Also, as we’re approaching the end of the first story arc, you won’t be surprised to hear that the first trade paperback collection, THE FUSE Vol 1: The Russia Shift, is now available to pre-order.

It’s 160pp for just $9.99, and will go on sale August 27. The comic store order code is JUN140504, and the ISBN for bookstores is 978-1632150080.

 

WASTELAND #55 goes on sale this week.

‘Blood of Eden’ continues the book’s final story arc, revealing more secrets about the origin of the Children… and their father.

Michael, Abi, and Thomas continue to discover the truth about the world before the Big Wet — a world on the brink of disaster! Will the arctic team’s discovery help them save the world… or bring about their doom?

You can read a preview of the issue at Comic Book Resources.

WASTELAND #55 is available from all good comic stores, with the order code APR141290. As always, digital readers can find it at Comixology.

 

UMBRAL Book One: Out of the Shadows, collecting the first six issues, goes on sale this week. If you’ve been ‘tradewaiting’, wait no more; now you can finally read the first part of Rascal’s epic journey through the dark nightmare of UMBRAL.

And if you’re still on the fence, we’ve got an offer for you:

• UMBRAL #1 is now FREE! Yep, you can get the digital version of our first, extra-long issue from Comixology or the Image website for zero of your earth dollars. And it’ll be free right through until UMBRAL #7 goes on sale, in July.

For comic stores, the order code for UMBRAL BOOK ONE is MAR140551. For bookstores, the ISBN is 978-1607069843.

(NB Bookstores will receive their copies of the book a week or two after comic stores, but you can still pre-order a copy at your local bookstore.)
[ADDENDUM: Bookstores and Amazon now have their copies.]

As I mentioned previously, we’re now taking a short break to catch up with our production schedule. Book Two, ‘The Dark Path’, will start in July with UMBRAL #7, ‘Killing the Sunrise’.

Meanwhile…

THE FUSE #4 also goes on sale this week, as The Russia Shift hits high gear:

The bodies are starting to pile up. None of this case makes a lick of damn sense. Klem has a mysterious lunch date, and Ralph is starting to get ideas… ideas that will kill him faster than you can say, “On your knees, cop.”

I’m especially fond of this cover, by the way. A concept I’d had in mind since the start of the series, and it turned out even better than I hoped.

There’s a preview of the issue on tumblr, and the order code is MAR140574.

 

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